EU-Japan Forum on Research, Technology and Innovation
The European Union (EU) and Japan have no choice but to become a vibrant knowledge economy in order to achieve sustainable global competitiveness. To this end, initiatives for cooperation among industry, government and academia have been taken at both country level and local level in the research and technology fields, which play a crucial role.
IIST therefore organized this forum and invited experts in the fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology from EU countries in order to identify and to overcome issues for fostering cooperation between EU and Japan. Through the introduction of examples and opinion exchange between the invited experts and Japanese counterparts, personal networks were established to help promote international understanding and future information exchange and joint projects.
IIST planned this forum to coincide with the EU-Japan Summit and held it in the Kansai region where the proactive initiatives for the bio-cluster plan have been undertaken.
Date: April 22 (Satday), 2006
Organized by:The EU Institute in Japan, Kansai (EUIJ); Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Supported by:European Union-Delegation of the European Commission to Japan; Austrian Embassy (The Presiding country of the European Union); Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; HyogoPrefecture; Kobe City; Kobe University
Program:Rokko Hall at Centennial Hall, KobeUniversity (KobeCity, HyogoPrefecture)
The opening keynote speeches introduced the industrial cluster policy of Japan and technology platform initiatives in Europe. Subsequently, panelists from both Japan and the EU introduced initiatives on nanotechnology, in particular, nano-electronics, in the first session, and local-level initiatives in the biotechnology field, focusing on the “red” biotechnology related to biomedical applications, in the second session.
The forum was attended by audience including approximately 100 from the general public. Many participants commented favorably that the lectures had helped them to recognize the necessity of EU-Japan cooperation in research and development to sustain global competitiveness. It is expected that the achievements of this forum will lead to specific activities to foster cooperation among industry, government, and academia between the EU and Japan.
International Exchange Dept.